Welcome and About

Welcome to How to Cope with Pain, a resource for those with chronic pain, their families and friends, and for those who treat patients with chronic pain. You’ll find a wide range of information related to pain, including medical, psychological, and psychiatric information. As pain can affect all areas of life, I also address work and relationship issues, improving functioning, and spiritual issues.

With this website, and when I work in my medical practice with patients with chronic pain, my goals include:

  1. To decrease pain as much as possible
  2. To decrease suffering
  3. To improve functioning – to live fully despite pain

I hope you find your visit valuable. As the information on this site is constantly evolving, I hope you’ll come back to visit again. As with any medical information, please discuss with your physician anything from this website that you’d like to add to your treatment.  You agree to read and abide by the disclaimer when you use this website.

I’m a Board Certified Psychiatrist in practice for 32 years in Pennsylvania. I have a private practice, working mostly with patients in chronic pain. I also teach psychiatry residents and do research in chronic pain. My guiding principle in practicing as a physician is to help patients in all areas of their lives – medical, psychological and spiritual. Chronic pain is a challenge to your spirit, but a challenge that can always be faced and your situation improved.

I also know the challenge of chronic pain first-hand, having experienced a chronic pain condition myself for many years. Thankfully, my situation has improved, though is hasn’t been cured. I use my personal understanding of what it’s like to live with chronic pain in my work as a pain management physician.

Thanks for visiting!